Agnes Horvath

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Agnes Horvath is a founding editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal, International Political Anthropology (IPA)[1] which has run a yearly IPA Summer School (IPASS)[2] in Italy since 2008. She is based in Florence and is an academic affiliated visitor at Sociology at Cambridge University. Her research project based on rethinking modernity through genealogical excavations of technological practices from the past drawing on a range thinkers including Michel Foucault to Heidegger.

Education[edit]

Horvath received a Doctorate in Law and an MA in Sociology (from the Budapest University of Economics) and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. Following her teachings in Departments of Politics, Sociology and History in Budapest, Cork and Milan, she edited the academic journal International Political Anthropology (registered and published in Ficino,[3] and in the WorldCat Press),[4] together with Bjorn Thomassen and Harald Wydra,[5] and is President of the Marsilio Ficino Association in Florence. Her publications include articles and chapters in Hungarian, English, Italian and French.

Concepts[edit]

The concepts that Horvath has developed in her publications include: Alchemy, Trickster and the technology.[6][7][8] She has used case studies such as Metallurgy, Paleolithic and Mesolithic paintings which analyse the transformative nature of technology in a manner that ties together political anthropology and comparative history. The main theme in her research is the concept of integrity and how this is threatened by technological change. She identifies the source of this as the extension of the division of labour, which is driven by technological innovation, which results in the growing fragmentation of social life. Additional themes in her research are: mimesis, schismogenetic moments, trickster formations, pilgrimage and long-distance walking as identity change.[9]

Research[edit]

Horvath began her research with ethnographic research and sociological data collection in the Communist party apparatus in the 22 district level Communist party organisations of Budapest (1987–88), and was extended in 1989 with a study of mayors in Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia (1991-2). Now, her research is multidisciplinary in character, drawing on anthropology, philosophy and sociology, and she is influenced by scholars and authors such Plato, Max Weber, Martin Heidegger, Bruno Latour and Arpad Szakolczai.

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  1. Modernism and Charisma: The Role of the Liminal in the Dynamics of Authorities[10]
  2. Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality[11]
  3. The Gravity of Eros in the Contemporary[12]
  4. Plato’s Statesman: The Politics of Limit and Liminality[13]
  5. Reclaiming Beauty[14]
  6. Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi[15]
  7. The Dissolution of Communist Power: The Case of Hungary[16]
  8. Senkiföldjén: A politikai instruktorok tevékenységéröl az állampártban (On the no man’s land: The activity of political instructors in the state party)[17]

Articles and chapters[edit]

  1. The Fascination with Eros: The Role of Passionate Interests in Communism[18]
  2. Schismogenesis, Liminality and Pathogenesis: a case study[19]
  3. Silence and Obscurity of the Eastern European Revolutions[20]
  4. A Népszolgálat a Szolgálat és a Nép között (The Problem of Serving the People)[21]
  5. Beauty and Its Forgery[22]
  6. Gabriel Tarde’s Underground Man[23]
  7. Tarde’s ultimate paradox, or realism confronting erratic understanding[24]
  8. Regression into Technology, or the First Mask[25]
  9. Pulcinella, or the metaphysics of the nulla: In between politics and theatre [26]
  10. Liminality and the unreal class of the image-making craft[27]
  11. On liminality[28]
  12. Néhány szó Brandolini Dialógus-áról (A few words on Brandolini’s Dialogue)[29]
  13. Conclusione’ to Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi[30]
  14. L’interprete del’incanto divino’ (The interpreter of divine enchantment)[31]
  15. Introduzione’ to Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi (The interpreter of interpreters: Plato’s Ion today)[32]
  16. What Kind of Political Anthropology? Turning Iconoclasm into Golden Age[33]
  17. Az erénnyel teli tudás antropológiájához’ (On the anthropology of knowledge filled with virtue)[34]
  18. Mimetic Errors in Liminal Schismogenesis: On the Political Anthropology of the Trickster[35]
  19. Mythology and the Trickster: Interpreting Communism[36]
  20. The Trickster Motive in Renaissance Political Thought[37]
  21. Tricking into the Position of the Outcast: A Case Study in the Emergence and Effects of Communist Power[38]
  22. The Political Psychology of Trickster-Clown: An Analytical Experiment around Communism as a Myth[39]
  23. Du discours sur la société civile et l'auto-élimination du parti[40]
  24. The Discourse of Civil Society and the Self-Elimination of the Party[41]
  25. Political Instructors and the Decline of Communism in Hungary: Apparatus, Nomenclatura and the Issue of Legacy[42]
  26. Information Management in Bolshevik-type Party States: A Version of the Information Society[43]
  27. The Dual Power of the State-Party and Its Grounds[44]
  28. A Sweet and Sour Victory in Eastern Europe[45]
  29. Senkiföldjén’ (On the no man's land)[46]
  30. A párt különös hatalma (The peculiar power of the party)[47]
  31. The concentration of power and the self-defending society: Elements of a conceptual framework in the Works of Karl Polanyi and István Bibó[48]
  32. Életesélyek aszimmetriája: Anthony Giddens struktura-elmeletéröl (The asymmetry of life chances: on the structuration theory of Anthony Giddens)[49]
  33. Az egyoldalú hatalomkoncentráció és a társadalom védettsége Polányi Károly és Bibó István elméletrendszerében’ (The one-sided concentration of power and the self-defending society in the theoretical systems of Karl Polányi and István Bibó)[50]
  34. Osztályelemzés: Vélemények és viták’ (Class analysis: opinions and debates)[51]
  35. 'Közönyösek': Csövesekkel készitett interjúk feldolgozása’ (‘Apathetics’: A study of high-school drop-outs based on in-depth interviews)[52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home". Politicalanthropology.org. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Ficino Publications, Florence, Via Lambertesca, 14. 50122
  4. ^ International Political Anthropology, the WorldCat Press, ISSN; 1974-7268 (print-web) and OCLC; 780065813
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ Reclaiming Beauty (editor, with James Cuffe), Florence, Ficino Press, 2012, 340 pp.
  7. ^ Modernism and Charisma: The Role of the Liminal in the Dynamics of Authorities, Palgrave, London, 2013, 180 pp.
  8. ^ Plato’s Statesman: The Politics of Limit and Liminality (editor, with John O’Brien), Cork, Tivoli Publications
  9. ^ Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality (editor, with Bjorn Thomassen and Harald Wydra, and author of a chapter entitled ‘Liminality and the unreal class of the image-making craft’), Berghahn, Oxford, 2013, forthcoming.
  10. ^ Modernism and Charisma: The Role of the Liminal in the Dynamics of Authorities, Palgrave, London, 2013, 180 pp.
  11. ^ Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality (editor, with Bjorn Thomassen and Harald Wydra, and author of a chapter entitled ‘Liminality and the unreal class of the image-making craft’), Berghahn, Oxford, 2013, forthcoming.
  12. ^ ‘The Gravity of Eros in the Contemporary’, a ‘Special Section’ of History of the Human Sciences (edited with Arpad Szakolczai), February 2013 (v.21, No.1).
  13. ^ Plato’s Statesman: The Politics of Limit and Liminality (editor, with John O’Brien), Cork, Tivoli Publications, 2013.
  14. ^ Reclaiming Beauty (editor, with James Cuffe), Florence, Ficino Press, 2012, 340 pp.
  15. ^ Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi (The interpreter of interpreters: Plato’s Ion today), (editor, with Arpad Szakolczai), Ficino Press, Florence, 2008, 103 pp.
  16. ^ The Dissolution of Communist Power: The Case of Hungary, London, Routledge, 1992 (with Arpad Szakolczai), 254 pp.
  17. ^ Senkiföldjén: A politikai instruktorok tevékenységéröl az állampártban (On the no man’s land: The activity of political instructors in the state party), Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 1989 (with Arpad Szakolczai), 300 pp.
  18. ^ ‘The Fascination with Eros: The Role of Passionate Interests in Communism’, History of the Human Sciences, February 2013 (v.21, No.1).
  19. ^ Schismogenesis, Liminality and Pathogenesis: a case study, in Kieran Keohane and Anders Pedersen (eds) Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization (Farnham Surrey: Ashgate), 2013.
  20. ^ Silence and Obscurity of the Eastern European Revolutions, forthcoming in Wolfgang Schwentker (ed) The Intellectuals and the Democratic Movements, Keisho Shobo: Osaka, 2012
  21. ^ A Népszolgálat a Szolgálat és a Nép között (The Problem of Serving the People), in Nandor Bardi (ed) Minority Studies, Cluj-Napoca: Institutul Pentru Studierea Problemeror Minoritatilor Nationale (Minority Studies Institute), 2012
  22. ^ 'Beauty and Its Forgery', in Reclaiming Beauty (edited with James Cuffe), Florence, Ficino Press, 2012.
  23. ^ ‘Gabriel Tarde’s Underground Man‘, Journal International Political Anthropology 4 (2011), 1: 3-6 (with Bjorn Thomassen and Harald Wydra).
  24. ^ ‘Tarde’s ultimate paradox, or realism confronting erratic understanding’, Journal International Political Anthropology 3 (2010), 2: 221-5.
  25. ^ [3][dead link]
  26. ^ 'Pulcinella, or the metaphysics of the nulla: In between politics and theatre', History of the Human Sciences 23 (2010), 2: 47-67.
  27. ^ Liminality and the unreal class of the image-making craft’, International Political Anthropology 2 (2009), 1: 53-72.
  28. ^ ‘On liminality’, International Political Anthropology, 2 (2009), 1: 3-4. (with Bjorn Thomassen and Harald Wydra).
  29. ^ ‘Néhány szó Brandolini Dialógus-áról’ (A few words on Brandolini’s Dialogue), Afterword to Aurelio Brandolini, Dialogus de humanae vitae conditione, (Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Kriterion, 2008), 203-10.
  30. ^ ‘Conclusione’ to Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi, (edited with Arpad Szakolczai), (Florence, Ficino Press, 2008), (with Arpad Szakolczai), 90-9.
  31. ^ ‘L’interprete del’incanto divino’ (The interpreter of divine enchantment), in Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi, (edited with Arpad Szakolczai), (Florence, Ficino Press, 2008), 22-37.
  32. ^ ‘Introduzione’ to Gli interpreti degli interpreti: l’Ione di Platone oggi (The interpreter of interpreters: Plato’s Ion today), (edited with Arpad Szakolczai), (Florence, Ficino Press, 2008), (with Arpad Szakolczai), 5-21.
  33. ^ ‘What Kind of Political Anthropology? Turning Iconoclasm into Golden Age’, International Political Anthropology 1 (2008), 2: 255-61.
  34. ^ ‘Az erénnyel teli tudás antropológiájához’ (On the anthropology of knowledge filled with virtue), in Ferenc Miszlivetz (ed.) Találjuk ki ... ! Tanulmányok Hankiss Elemér tiszteletére (Festschrift in Honour of Elemér Hankiss), (Budapest-Szombathely, Savaria University Press, 2008), pp. 144–50.
  35. ^ ‘Mimetic Errors in Liminal Schismogenesis: On the Political Anthropology of the Trickster’, International Political Anthropology 1 (2008), 1: 1-24. (with Bjorn Thomassen)
  36. ^ ‘Mythology and the Trickster: Interpreting Communism’, in Alexander Wöll and Harald Wydra (eds) Democracy and Myth in Russia and Eastern Europe (London+New York, Routledge, 2008), pp. 27–44.
  37. ^ 'The Trickster Motive in Renaissance Political Thought', Philosophia 52 (2007), 1-2: 95-111.
  38. ^ ‘Tricking into the Position of the Outcast: A Case Study in the Emergence and Effects of Communist Power’, Political Psychology 19 (1998), 3: 331-47.
  39. ^ ‘The Political Psychology of Trickster-Clown: An Analytical Experiment around Communism as a Myth’, EUI Working Paper SPS (1997), No.5.
  40. ^ ‘Du discours sur la société civile et l'auto-élimination du parti’, Cultures et conflits (1995), # 47-80 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  41. ^ ‘The Discourse of Civil Society and the Self-Elimination of the Party’, in Paul G. Lewis (ed.) Democracy and Civil Society in Eastern Europe (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1992), pp. 16–21 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  42. ^ ‘Political Instructors and the Decline of Communism in Hungary: Apparatus, Nomenclatura and the Issue of Legacy’, The British Journal of Political Science 21 (1991), 4:469-488 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  43. ^ Information Management in Bolshevik-type Party States: A Version of the Information Society’, East European Politics and Societies 5 (1991), 2: 268-305 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  44. ^ ‘The Dual Power of the State-Party and Its Grounds’, Social Research 57 (1990), 2: 275-301 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  45. ^ ‘A Sweet and Sour Victory in Eastern Europe’, Radical Philosophy (1990), 55: 40-2 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  46. ^ ‘Senkiföldjén’ (On the no man's land), in: Kritika (1989), 10: 15-17 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  47. ^ ‘A párt különös hatalma’ (The peculiar power of the party), Valóság 32 (1989), 10: 26-37 (with Arpad Szakolczai).
  48. ^ ‘The concentration of power and the self-defending society: Elements of a conceptual framework in the Works of Karl Polanyi and István Bibó’, in Vera Gáthy (ed.) State and Civil Society (Budapest, 1989), pp. 29–31.
  49. ^ ‘Életesélyek aszimmetriája: Anthony Giddens struktura-elmeletéröl’ (The asymmetry of life chances: on the structuration theory of Anthony Giddens), Társadalomkutatás (1988), 4: 50-9.
  50. ^ ‘Az egyoldalú hatalomkoncentráció és a társadalom védettsége Polányi Károly és Bibó István elméletrendszerében’ (The one-sided concentration of power and the self-defending society in the theoretical systems of Karl Polányi and István Bibó), in A Politikatudományi Társaság Évkönyve (Budapest, 1987).
  51. ^ ‘Osztályelemzés: Vélemények és viták’ (Class analysis: opinions and debates), in: Szociológiai Figyelö (1987), 1.
  52. ^ 'Közönyösek': Csövesekkel készitett interjúk feldolgozása’ (‘Apathetics’: A study of high-school drop-outs based on in-depth interviews), Alkohológia (1985), 3: 24-34.